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Editou: We, the undcrsigned members of the senior rlass, who listened to Prof. Maclean's lecture of Monday, April 11 Ui, to whicli frciuent refcrenco has been mude in your paier, would respectfully ask you to correct some of the mlsst ;il t'iuvnts [ The Courier has made no misxlalt-ments] that have been made coticerning the substance of his remarks, especially would we cali your attention to the following paragraph which we copy from your paper of May 4, 1887. "The graduates of the Michigan Unlversity medical depurtment are the laughing stock of the medical profession." We were present at the lecture referred to and hcard all that Prof. Maclean said upon that occasion, there was nothing in hls lecture upon which your Informant could base such statementa as yon attribute to hitn In the above paragraph. Your informant must have been either void of umlerstanding or guilty of maliclous falaify'mg. [On the contrary our informant is in possession of all his semen, i$ as trulhful a jierson as can be fouiul in tki city, or Detroit either, and we have tie utmost confidenee in his word. In short he is a HM} We would alsosay that there was nothinj; in Professor Maclean's remarks, hut what the studeuts conslder to be true, [People do get gueer ideas sometimes] and have been for years well known facts to the students and profession at large. [Astonishing that the students still come liere then]. These facts constitute the reason why so many [?] students have lelt this college [when T piense specify] to take their last course in some metropolitan school. [At Detroit, for instaure, eh f] This has been a custom from very the foundation of the college, and jwn ago led one of your citizena to leave at the end of his first year and gradúate in a Chicago college, from whicli he returiied to practice here and is at present one of the most popular and successful physicians in the city. [ Ves, this cüizen of ours went to Chicago. Not because of the lack of clinical material, but because of t!ie trouble existing between the regular medical and llomoeopathic departments at that time, and the. fear that the American Medical and State Medical associations would not recognize graduates from this school because cert.iin professors were required to sign the Homoeopathir diplomas. So muchfor thut]. We wilt further state, that lt is the presence of Prof. Maclean and a few men like ti i tu in the faculty, that kep as many students as now innam to complfte their couree, and we are convlneed tlnit it will be a sad blow to the piosperily l of this depurtment, when men like him, [fully as good men huve left and the department has leept r'ujht along] who have done so much to supply the uiuch-needed clinical instruction, shall by ablsk [too 6í(íí] miskevkeskntation', [horrible] and OBSTRiioTlvE ACTioN be diseouniged and witlidiaw from the faculty. For years Prof. Maclean's clhiic and hU acknowledged reputatlon as a üiirgcon, [made throiigh his amnection with tht l'niversily] has been one of the chief attractions to retaln the student in his senior year. [This University has made and lost more than one professor. It turvived the loss of Profil. Ounn, Oreen, Oroslry, et al, in the medical deparlment, Profs. Tappan, White, Adams, Tyler, Watson and Uooleypiit the other departments, and still goes foricard - never backward]. We would respectfully suggest eelf-coinplaceney is not an element Ol progres8, [uooid it then, my dears] and slinttiiig one's eyes to the ilefects of this school for one of its professors, which ?] and vilhtying those who point tuein out - the inuM gure and rapid course to dtstroy this üepnrtment, [a dijfertnce of opinión merdy - other think that eutting it in two to piense one professores cmcenience i quite as rapid] and is in our opinión one of the ehief rensons why, notwithstandlng its rreat cieapness, it has declined in attendancp. insteail of iocreMlng the number in ita senior cluss, as hus every other Imtèbtg scliool of the country, [ff there was a professor of tunjei y in tut departmeni wlio was not continuMy mul conttantly luirping upon this poiit ; who woultl tiivr to make hi classes contented instead of discontented ; who would bring all of his ability to bear upon building ii) tte mediad depnrtment instead of ditiding it, would not the record of attendance bc more to the credit of tht Unieersity and to hit own credit, than it is at present f It is a dirty bird that fouls üs own nest] Further, we would sugfjest that men who li;ive been engaged n stndy umi teaching, are better judges of the methods of elevatin; the standard of medical educatlon [a man may be a yood urgeon and a p&fect novice in other titing, you kntne] tlnin thO9e who have had no practical experience [practical experience in what f eutting a college in two .'] and we think that the opinión of Prof. Mnclean, who has devoted the jrreater jmrt of bis life to medical study aud teaching, and wlio has priven fifteen of liis best yearsto the work of building up the medical department of tlu: Untversity, [Indeed, tte medical department wat quite famou befare he came from Canada, and otken thinlc tlial Profí. Dentón, 8ager, Guun, Ford, Frothingham, Vauglum, Prescott, et al, quiie a greal buikiers of the department as he] U entltled to the respectful attention of erery true friend of the medicai department. [h repeaUng a man' oicn word uting kim direpectfully f We liare yet to meet the medical man who is a friend to the University, ybo does not deplore this defect in the medical department and wisli some nieans could be devised for remedying it. [ƒ thi ii uch a great defect, how is it that gradúate of this department altcay at,unl at the head of the profestion itherever they go f Please teil us .'] There is uot, we believe, a member of the faculty who does notappreciate thit, and it isa well known fact that our veoeruble and highly spected deán, Prof. Palmer, with Prof. Ford, entered into an arrangement .soiihyears ago with the Detroit CaUagl uk) were only prevented from carrylng it into effect by the objection [bateé on its impracticabUüy] on the part of the Regents, iuflueiiced by whut we believe a mistaken local jealousy and polley. [ifegentê selected from all portion of tie gretit state of Mkhiyan infiiunetd by Ann Arbor's local jealousy ! Ajine compliment to tliiü able body af tnen. The University of Michigan Ig a Sute inHtitutiou umi belon8 no inore to the people of Ann Arbor than to [ür. Milean, for iiulance] the mogt inslgniticimt hamlet in tlie State, and the questions tliat allici it iuterests are do broad that they will be settled upon thelr merit [irr ''by tfie Hegent, influenced by a miitaken local jealoufy,'' perhaps f and not by tbe spleen of a few Individuáis. Tliere ig anothcr polnt of which wc think we are at least as good judges ai yourself, and that is tliat tito University dld not niuke Prof. Maclein what lie is, asyouassert; [Oh.' crtainly, no', didnt Maclean nuike the L'niversity and every thing that in it is ?] but on tho contrary his ability and skill lias belpcd to inaintain this departuient. [Tes, people frequently gel the big head]. The University owcs its reputation to the men of talent mul ability wbo are ín iU various faculties. [Perhaps some quite as aUe men laid the foundation befare thexe men carne here]. A man dcstitute of ability, derives no benetlt (rom any connectíon with the University, [the ltegents are perhaps "ínflitenced by local jealouty" wien they decline to hire such men], but only makes his ignorance and inefflciency the more prominent, and lf ever the University autliorities shall be guided by the conceit ihat it is strong enotigh to bolster up men of inferior cup.icity [Don i yon toante any sleep ocer that proposition ; why, even some of tlie Regenta are graduales], in any of ts depaitments, it will speedily destroy that rcputation wliicli IT has acquired froin tlie eminent men who have built it up. [This opinión couldn't luive been inJluenced by the fact tJtat Di: Maclean's examinationt are soon due ?] Since we feel con9tralned as students ot the department to thus appear la public print [you made a mistake, boys] to refute a 8LANDEU aainst one of our most estctined teachers, we will go a little farther and eipress our liria couvlctions as student and frlends of this department, that all those who have its welfare at heart wlll, if they are wise, speedily set theuiselves at work to supply these defects iu clinical advantages that are so unmistakably tonding to its decline. [That't riíjht. .1 icorlhy oljtct, providing wise ians are adopted]. We subscribe ourselves respectfully yours iu the interest of truth, justice and the medical department of the University. [In, which we are ready to cordiaüy grasp taeh one of yon by the hand, and wi.i( you God sit cd. ] F. Q. Thorapnon, M. E Wlmlen, C. U'A Wrlglit, H. A. Meacüani, V. P. Witter, A. Bennett, L. A. ü. Plerce, L A Brewer, F. s. Coller, H. Bross, Hfnry ruimer, G. L. Meyer, W. M. Jolinsiuii. L. M. Ulllette, W. K. Atklnson, Mlnnlf K Sinclair, Nelllel. WoíxIwoiiI', (loittielfC. Huber, L. B. 1uwsuii, l. V. Iloruer, I-.. H. lilntr, W. ('lareoce Wi i-ht 1'. M. Iverry, K. J.Prlce, U. Mclntyre, A. II. Faxaett. U. IX McNaugliton, O. E. E. Ariult, A. H. Brownelí, Jno. A. Prlnoe, ('. M. b'reoman, A. V. Scliafer,. (Jeorge Ciundlach, '. A. ('owle, Wilmot K. Miller, ' M . H. Clark, Y. I). Myers, 1.. K. ll.n, h, A. H. wleki, i W. J. Copporsoll, T. W. W laten, Jntiu T. Abboll, Jus. K. larUi!inw, H. I. llodge, J. B. Joliuston, P. K. SmlttL K. '. EUker, Ii. A. FrltDche, U. V. HiifTord, I J. K. Ktmura, J. M. Mcljaren, K A. Har, O. W. ímcvh, Phllo HulI, V. II. Wlmluw, J. C. Uauntlett, L. i'. Hacku8, T. C. Phllllp, U. S. Hlcka. W. E. llusuhinau, E. A. lviiuv mi Jusephlue I. Blnke, VV. H. stauffor, Juntiña S. Andernon J. W. iK-cker, M. Edua (iable, ti, Kurntiul Katu llatliuway.


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